Barber's Daughter comes to borough

August 08, 2003|by RICHARD BELISLE

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - There's a difference between antique furniture and vintage furniture, the kind that Pam Kennedy sells in The Barber's Daughter, her new shop at 628 E. Baltimore St.

"Vintage furniture is somewhere between used and antique," said Kennedy, 52, who lives in Hagerstown. "It's better than used, but not as expensive as antique."

She said she sells what middle America buys.

"I had to evaluate where I am. I'm not in Georgetown," Kennedy said. "This is what I love. It's my passion."


Her collection of merchandise is an eclectic mix of art deco to mid-20th century furnishings. The prices show that a buyer won't find an 18th century Chippendale table for $18,000 in Kennedy's shop.

A 1920s-30s green waterfall-style sofa and chair in very good condition are priced at $179. Next to them is a marble-topped ice cream table and two white wrought-iron chairs for $199.

There's twig furniture, a couple of not-so-old-but-nice fireplace mantels, a cabinet that once held a windup record player, some old glass doorknobs and an enamel-top kitchen table for $129.

"I sell for people who have more imagination than money," Kennedy said.

The shop took its name from Kennedy's father, Omar Benchoff, who was a barber in Sabillasville and Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. Benchoff died in 1970.

"He always wanted me to become a barber," Kennedy said.

Kennedy had a shop in Waynesboro, Pa., for 10 years before moving to Greencastle. At first it was on Walnut Street. The last two years it was at 129 E. Main St., across from the post office.

Kennedy sold the same kind of merchandise there as she does in the Greencastle shop.

"I have a loyal following of customers," she said.

But that wasn't enough to keep the shop in Waynesboro.

"I could see no foreseeable future in Waynesboro. Business was not good even with my following," Kennedy said. "There wasn't much walk-in business."

The Greencastle location on East Baltimore Street provides high visibility, plenty of traffic and a big parking lot.

"My neighbors and other business people came here to welcome me," Kennedy said.

She also knows she'll have to move again soon.

The four-bedroom frame house her shop is in is slated to be razed by its developer owner. Kennedy has a six-month lease.

She said when the time comes, she'll look in downtown Greencastle.

"I want to stay here," Kennedy said.

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